Simmy Richman

Simmy Richman is Associate Editor of The Independent on Sunday's New Review magazine. He is also a writer and CD reviews editor for The Independent on Sunday

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Seeing red: Mick Hucknall has done countless solo shows since the band’s ‘farewell’ tour

Simply Red's reunion tour: Who exactly are their fans?

Simmy Richman on one of rock’s great mysteries

Metro devoted a double-page spread to a book by the American writer Brian Robinson called How to Meet Women on the Subway

The chill of the chase: Overfamiliar on the Underground

In journalism, as in comedy, timing is everything. Chances are that you have seen by now the video of the woman walking down the street in New York and getting more than 100 "catcalls". But while that promotional film for the Hollaback! movement is still getting attention for a variety of reasons, no one seems to have pointed out that the day after the Hollaback! film went viral, the free newspaper Metro devoted a double-page spread to a book by the American writer Brian Robinson called How to Meet Women on the Subway.

It is suggested that entries for the new design “represent Britain in a clear and unambiguous way”

How to apologise for just about everything (with a 'Sorry!' coin of course)

The Royal Mint has asked members of the public to design the 'tails side' of its new £1 coin

Matt Kuleza, left, and coffee #4 with Joshua Poly-Goldschläger. The two have been friends on Facebook since December 2013 after meeting at Meredith Music Festival

Caffeine overload: Shots heard around the world

A few weeks ago Matt Kulesza, a twentysomething from Melbourne, was about to cull some of his Facebook "friends" when he asked himself the following question: "Could I have a coffee with this person?" Inspired by the thought, he decided instead to meet up with the 1,086 people he was connected to through the site and his blog, 1000+ Coffees ("an exercise in remembering to socialise with and get to know people outside the 'Book") was born.

Boris Johnson's speech at the Conservative Party conference

They seek him here… BoJo brought to book at last

From the box marked "What Took Them So Long to Come Up With that Idea?" comes Where's Boris?, a "search-and-find" book (published next month) containing 10 "minutely detailed" scenes with the Mayor of London lurking within. "The book came about because Boris Johnson, love him or loathe him, is a one-of-a-kind," Emma Smith, one of the creators, tells me. "As he's always popping up in comic scenarios (the zipwire moment comes to mind), we thought he deserves a book that turns Boris-spotting into a proper pastime."

Film still from 'The Virginity Hit', 2010

How to be a man: The dangers of being too cool for school

First there Caitlin Moran conquered with How to be a Woman and now Lena Dunham has pitched in with her own guide, Not That Kind of Girl: A young woman tells you what she's 'learned'. Where, you might well ask, are the role-models and advice givers for young men?

Our Space asks for donations from members of the public and uses that money “to buy back billboards” in cities around the world and “replace the ads with positive messages”

Be happy - buy back a billboard

In Confessions of an Advertising Man (1963), David Ogilvy, a founder of Ogilvy & Mather, wrote: "As a private person, I have a passion for landscape, and I have never seen one improved by a billboard." Some 36 years after Ogilvy wrote those words, the Canadian author Naomi Klein used them at the start of her book No Logo, which would go on to sell more than a million copies and become a "manifesto of the anti-corporate movement".

The central concept of Death Row Dinners is an interesting way  to make us think more about our food

Out there: A death row diner, the other musicians taking a leaf out of U2's (i)book and rolling up my CV for a smoking hot job opportunity

Maybe a 'last supper' themed restaurant may make us think more about our food

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